The Top Five: Best Wide Receivers in the NFL

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Published: July 15, 2009

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... the players, but the position itself.

They say this because of the success that was had before the wide receiver was even a position on the depth chart. Which, of course, is true.

However in today's NFL, the wide receiver is just as vital to a team's success as any other position on the field. Want proof? Ask a guy like Donovan McNabb about his receivers during his career, then ask guys like Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner.

Vast difference in the caliber of talent, and a difference in the rings. A combined two rings between Manning and Warner, and none for McNabb.

Receivers today must be fast. It's part of the job description now-a-days with cornerbacks getting more and more athletic each year. Guys like Jerry Rice and Cris Carter got away with only decent speed because of their phenomenal route-running.

Today, that may not work so well.

Just ask these guys.

 

5. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers)

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